The Inland Valley Pirates were defeated by the Long Beach Legends in a non-conference matchup at Scolinos Field by a score of 8-5.
The Legends got on the board first with a run in the top of the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. The Legends scored another run in the top of the seventh to make it a 2-0 game.
The Pirates offense, which had been held to one hit through the first six innings, finally came alive in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Charlie Verrone stepped into the box and promptly unloaded the bases with a three-run double to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Pirates tacked on two more runs, as back-to-back wild pitches chased home Landon Marshall and Jahshua Jones, giving the Pirates a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth inning.
However, it was the Legends, who had the final say, as they scored six runs in the top of the ninth to go up by a score of 8-5. The Legends set down the Pirates in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory.
Aaron Bernal got the start for the Pirates and turned in three shutout innings.
The Pirates will try to quickly rebound as they head into a very important conference series against the South Bay Sliders. The first of those two games takes place on Friday at El Camino College. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.
BF: A.Bernal 15, B.Swartz 8, J.Walker 10, C.Mckenzie 10, H.Wright 4.
P-S: A.Bernal 53-31, B.Swartz 24-12, J.Walker 34-17, C.Mckenzie 24-14, H.Wright 13-9.
WP: J.Walker (1).
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2B: C.Verrone (1).
HP: M.Micketti (5), K.Glass (1).
RBI: C.Verrone 3 (4).
CS: J.Jones (1).
SB: J.Jones (8).
Team LOB: 7.
A: J.Hopkins (1), M.Micketti (1), J.de Marte (18), C.Verrone 2 (7), K.Glass 3 (18), C.Mckenzie (4), B.Swartz (1).
E: C.Verrone (3).
PO: A.Vargas 2 (44), L.Marshall 4 (58), J.Hopkins 2 (16), B.Mckenzie 5 (27), M.Micketti 4 (33), J.de Marte (10), C.Verrone (4), K.Glass (8), J.Katz (5), H.Wright 3 (17), Q.Cooper 2 (5), C.Mckenzie (4).
SBA: A.Vargas (23), L.Marshall (16).
TC: A.Vargas 2 (49), L.Marshall 4 (67), J.Hopkins 3 (17), B.Mckenzie 5 (29), M.Micketti 5 (34), J.de Marte 2 (29), C.Verrone 4 (14), K.Glass 4 (29), J.Katz (5), H.Wright 3 (17), Q.Cooper 2 (5), C.Mckenzie 2 (8), B.Swartz (1).